Mulallay wins on his own course

Bourque tops women's field

42 riders showed up for Saturday's Gravity East Dual Slalom at the newly-opened Vertical Earth Mountain Bike Park at Pennsylvania's Blue Mountain ski area. The Neko Mulally-designed course was universally praised.

"The dual slalom course is just the best I've been on this year," said women's dual slalom points leader Karen Eagan during a break following qualifying.

In most of the classes, the step-ups and tabletop on the bottom half of the course were the most decisive factor, with few riders getting through cleanly on a consistent basis. But as the elite men began their rounds, it quickly became obvious that the three-jump combination in the middle of the course would be the deciding factor in their races.

The section became spectator central as word spread that Neko Mulally had tripled the section in practice. Sure enough, Mulally not only tripled the combination in the second round, he pumped the back side so hard that he gained a four bike-length advantage on that one element to the collective "whoa!" of the crowd. Two heats later Alejandro Ortiz also tripled the section, essentially throwing down the gloves. Even though he didn't triple the element, Jason Beckley threw his hat in the ring with a unique line that appeared to be nearly as fast.

In the semis though, the crowd got what it wanted when the two triple-jumpers both advanced, setting up an air show of a final. Out of the gate in the final, Mulally and Ortiz stayed side-by-side despite a small bobble by Mulally on the second set of jumps. Leading into the triple jump section, where the course also Y'ed into a single eight-foot wide lane, was a set of right, left, right parallel turns. Rocking out of the last right handed turn leading out of the parallel lanes and into the triple, Mulally cut in front of Ortiz. Mulally tripled the jump, Ortiz shot off the first jump like an errant rocket and the race was over.

On the women's side, Dawn Bourque added to her collection of Gravity East Downhill and Dual Slalom victories for the 2009 season. Race promoter Dan Whitehead was excited not only by the pro catagories, but the amateur classes as well, and was especially excited to have two Under 14 competitors for the first time. As the races ended and the riders headed inside for the awards ceremony, the rain started falling and thoughts turned toward Sunday's first-ever Gravity East downhill at Vertical Earth Mountain Bike Park.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neko Mulally (Specialized Team America)  
2Allejandro Ortiz (Morpheus Cycle/Bicycle Pro)  
3Jason Memmelaar (Hayes, Manitu, 5 Ten, Smith)  
4Jason Beckley (MMR/Marin/Kenda/NEMA/Fox Shox)  
5Lars Tribus (Chumba Racing)  
6Jon Gabor (Cutters Bike Shop)  
7BJ Treglia (Kenda/661/Fox Shox/Sunline/Turner)  
8Kyle Sangers (J & J Cycles)  
9Tom Oakes (Trailmasters/EWR)  
10Jay DeJesus (EWR Bikes Factory)  
Elite / Cat. 1 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dawn Borque (RhinoBike)  
2Kate Parhiala (Wachusett Brewery)  
3Karen Eagan (Sam Adams)  
4Hannah Trimble  
Cat. 1 Junior men 14 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Raeshaune Sangers (J & J Cycles)  
Cat. 1 Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Phillip Noto  
2Alex Moschitti (Morpheus Cycle/Bicycle Pro)  
3Kyle Kutzler (Team Marty's)  
4Eric Fleming (Finish Line)  
5Jacob Dallegro (Sinical Racing, Keswick Cycles)  
DNSMatt Slater  
Cat. 1 Junior men 18 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Rude (Allride Academy)  
2Max Syron (Sinister/United Freeride)  
3Logan Mulally (Specialized Team America)  
Cat. 2/3 Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Chmielewski (Wayfarer Bike)  
2Lane Boertmann (Beachwood Bikes)  
3Richard Patty (Wayfarer Bike)  
4Andrew Clemenson  
5Cory Blan (Trailmasters Touring)  
6Aaron Fry  
7Chris Worrell  
8Dieter Ward (MMR/NEMA)  
Cat. 2 Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Curtis Shook  
2Nikolas Dudukovich  
3Anthony Viselli  
4Jon Kuntz (VMB)  
5Andrew Kuntz (Saucon Valley Bikes)  
6Seth Ritchie  
Cat. 2/3 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Karen Clymer (my honey b)  
2Rachael Baxter  
3Christy Allebach (Mt. Perk)  
Junior women 14 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Madison Barron  
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